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    Posted: June 24 2013 at 9:35am
We've all read of the Germans saying in the early days of WW1 that they thought that rapid fire from the Lee Enfield was machinegun fire.

Turns out this was not the first time rapid fire from a Lee designed rifle was mistaken for machine gun fire.

Quote Nothing could be more eloquent in testimony to the success of the arm as a rapid-fire gun than the letter written to Gen. Pareja's Adjutant by Leiut. Francisco Baptiste, who was captured by the marines at the battle of Cuzco. Baptiste wrote a letter to Pareja asking that his family be cared for. In answering him Pareja refused to care for his family and accused him of cowardice. Baptiste replied that he was not a coward and explained his capture. He said that he was cut off with two men and hid in the bushes, where he was found. He continued in his letter that in addition to the infantry the Americans had a large number of machine guns on their line. He judged this from the rapidity of the fire. The fact was that there were no machine guns of any kind on the American line, the entire fire being from the rifles in the hands of the marines.

This was the Winchester Lee Straightpull rifle as used by U S Marines during the Spanish American War.
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